Taming Wild Horses by Mila Nicks / #Extract #BlogTour @RABTBookTours @mila_nicks

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Book 2 of Wild Horse Ranch Series

He’s ready to be a better man… 

Chase Collins started the summer a brooding, broken man. He was content keeping to Wild Horse Ranch, where he could tend to horses and stew in peace. When Samara Grant reentered his life, she changed everything, and now he wants to prove to her—and himself—he can be the good guy he always hoped to be. What he doesn’t know is that it’s darkest before the dawn…

She’s done running from the past…

Only a summer in Lutton, Texas. That’s what Samara Grant told herself when she arrived. Now months into living in the small town, she’s carved out a life for herself managing her grandma’s B&B, riding horses and falling in love for the first real time in her life. After so many years spent running, she wants happiness, but unfortunately her tragic past is back to haunt her…

He’s not letting things go that easily… 

Reed Ward is supposed to be the guy who has it all. He comes from the most prestigious family in Lutton. He’s handsome. He’s charming. He always gets the girl—so why is it that he’s on the sidelines watching his life go up in smoke? His family’s torn apart, his ranch is no longer his, and the woman that’s supposed to be his wants his best friend. One things for sure: he’s not going down without a fight…

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If possible, she looked even more beautiful than the last time he’d seen her, which was only a week ago. She entered the Horseshoe alongside Lea Wilkes, strolling back into his life like she’d never left it. Her curly black hair was free, grazing the tops of her bare shoulders—shoulders he’d kissed intimately many times, among other places. She’d worn one of those spaghetti-strap dresses he liked, the breezy fabric doing little to hide the curves he remembered so well. It was a tangerine-orange color that looked amazing against her dark brown skin.

Shit. Shit. Shit.

How he wanted to stride forward, pull her in for a kiss, and rip that dress right off her—make up for lost time and show her how much he’d missed her. How much he wanted her.

The feral need arose out of nowhere and he had to inhale a rocky breath and remind himself to stay put. He couldn’t rush over and bombard her with attention and affection like he wanted to. They were broken up; he’d driven her away enough already.

Reed clapped a hand to his back. “Look who just walked in.”

Chase shrugged off Reed’s hand and took an overindulgent swig of his beer. It was his first real mouthful of the night; before that point he’d been casually sipping. Samara showing up changed everything. His stomach flipped and flopped over and over again and his palms became sweaty. How did one woman affect him so much?

He didn’t need to question it. He knew why. Samara wasn’t any other woman; she was the woman and he’d fallen hard for her.

At first it seemed she didn’t see him. Lea and she squeezed through the crowd and came out on the other side at the bar counter. Chase watched them in his periphery. They sat on stools and enjoyed a drink over animated chatter. What were they doing here tonight?

Samara had said she wasn’t sure when she was coming back. He hadn’t expected her to waltz back into his life so soon, so suddenly. His desire to rekindle things was still a large part of him, but a seed of resentment had been planted, had begun to grow…

How could she break things off and then casually walk into the Horseshoe like nothing had happened?

Thank you, Mila Nicks and RABT Book Tours

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About the Author

Mila Nicks is on a mission to pen heartfelt and entertaining love stories featuring women of color. 

When she isn’t writing diverse love stories, you can find her globetrotting, sampling new cuisines, and spending quality time with her spunky pet Chihuahua, Zayden. 

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Author Links

Website: https://www.milanickswrites.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Mila-Nicks-Romance-Author-102612398051499/?eid=ARCW8_NLKjrYnchl7T_4jrhltbOXE-y1A32CAZOsq0TptFq9wssaCXe5WPPYQsfOslaYylq2eSbEhpEr

Twitter: https://twitter.com/mila_nicks

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/103234944-mila-nicks

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/milanickswrites/

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Book Link

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08F2XJGPQ

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Daughter of the Sea by Sylvia Broady / #GuestPost #BlogTour @rararesources @SylviaBroady

 

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Jessica is grieving for her beloved father, trawler owner Jacob Kingdom, when a heated confrontation ends with her being cast out from the family home and the revelation of a shameful secret. She falls upon the kindness of strangers and meets a charismatic trawlerman, who is proud to walk out with Kingdom’s daughter.

But with her cold-hearted brother at the helm of the family business, there is discontent rising, and being Kingdom’s daughter begins to lose its charm. With Jessica desperate to prove herself worthy to the tight-knit community, does she have what it takes to weather the storm to come, or will her secret hold her back?

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What inspires my writing?

Since an early age, I have been an avid reader. After WW2, my parents, who suffered countless bombing raids on their home, and losing their possessions, including books, began rebuilding a new home. The great escape for me was the local library. Here I could spend many happy hours, immersing myself in the never ending shelves of books on many subjects. But, being a minor, they only allowed me to take home junior books. My favourite when young was the Milly Molly Mandy books, by Joyce Lankester Brisley. I devoured the stories and loved Milly’s adventures, which rubbed off on me, sending me on my own adventures. With friends, I spent carefree days swimming in a creek, fishing for tiddlers, climbing trees, and chudding for apples. On Sundays, we cycled to the coast, played on the beach, swam in the North Sea and changed our clothes in the concrete building, which in WW2 was a lookout post to watch for the invading enemy. 

Moving on from my childhood reading, I graduated to history, in particular Kingston upon Hull, the city of my birth. I use the city and the surrounding towns and villages as the setting for my books, which has a wealth of history. Originally, named Wyke upon Hull until in 1299 when King Edward 1, granted it a royal charter that renamed the old town, Kingston upon Hull. Affectionately called Hull, it has many famous people: William Wilberforce MP renown for the abolition of slavery; Amy Johnson, pioneer pilot who flew solo from Britain to Australia; J. Arthur Rank founded the Rank Organisation whose films have entertained generations; Doctor Mary Murdoch, Hull’s first woman GP; popular singer David Whitfield; Dame Maureen Lipman renown actress; Francis Durbridge, who wrote the Paul Temple books and plays: the celebrity poet Phillip Larkin. Just some famous people of Hull. ull  

I concentrate my writing on the ordinary folk of our city, especially the women who during the two world wars and the years in between, showed great stoicism and courage.

I love researching: by reading many books, poring over old maps, and perusing the internet. The best gem is to speak to a person who witnessed the scene, which I am currently writing, their knowledge of the facts is invaluable. Thus I write with a sense of genuineness, which enables me to go deeper into the characters and the storyline.  

Writing is a passion, a fulfilment of my life to create stories and bring life to the characters who inhabit the layers of my imagination. My sole purpose as a writer is to create a book for you, my lovely readers, to enjoy

Thank you, Sylvia Broady and Rachel’s Random Resources.

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About the author

Sylvia Broady was born in Hull and has lived in the area all her life, although she loves to travel the world. It wasn’t until she started to frequent her local library after World War II that her relationship with literature truly began, and her memories of the war influence her writing as does her home town. She has had a varied career in childcare, the NHS and the EYC Library Services, but is now a full-time writer.

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Author Links 

https://twitter.com/SylviaBroady

Website:  https://sylviabroadyauthor.com

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Book Link

Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Daughter-Sea-unforgettable-families-secrets-ebook/dp/B081S2XHDG/

 

Deep Level by Richard E Rock / #Interview #Blogtour @rararesources

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When Rich stumbles upon a secret Victorian underground network, he sees not only a great historical discovery, but also a way out of his humdrum life. He convinces three of his friends to join him, and together they venture deep into the maze of tunnels beneath London’s bustling streets.

A rude girl made good. An aspiring writer. A cinema usher from Wales. A bookseller who dreams of being an urban explorer. Four friends trapped together in one nightmarish situation as they realise some things are kept secret for a reason.

Will any of them manage to escape the horror that lurks in the DEEP LEVEL?

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Q&A

– When and where do you prefer to write?

I write whenever I can make time to write. I’ve been known to wake up at 4:30am, get myself a cuppa and get to it. Likewise, if I can’t sleep at night, I’ll stay up slaving over a hot keyboard. When a story has gotta come out, it’s gotta come out.

That’s the when, now what about the where?

Sometimes I’ll be sitting in the conservatory, sometimes in the spare room where the desktop is. Wherever I am, though, my cat Zeb always keeps me company.

– Do you have a certain ritual?

No rituals. I am a ritual-free zone. Unless you count putting the kettle on first.

– Is there a drink of some food that keeps you company while you write?

See above. I’m definitely a tea man, although I will have one cup of coffee during the day to keep me going.

– What is your favourite book?

It’s so hard to pick just one, but I’m going to go with On The Road by Jack Kerouac, specifically the Original Scroll edition. It’s just so vividly written, like a hundred-miles-per-hour technicolour stream of consciousness. Every time I pick it up I discover new joys inside. It really did change the way I think about the craft of writing.

– Do you consider writing a different genre in the future?

Absolutely. The reason I write horror now is because I’m plagued by nightmares and anxiety dreams, so the ideas come to me without me even trying. I just wake up in the morning, grab my notepad and write down everything I can remember of my dream before it fades away.

However…

I have had a couple of dreams lately that would make for a wonderful fantasy novel, something along the lines of His Dark Materials. I’m very excited about it. But that’s for the future…

– Do you sometimes base your characters on people you know?

It always starts out that way, but then something magical happens. I always take little pieces of people I know (certain personality traits, foibles, characteristics) and mix them all up. But then, as the writing progresses, these characters invariably start to develop personalities of their own. They become people in their own right. It’s a joy to behold and one of my favourite aspects of writing fiction.

– Do you take a notebook everywhere in order to write down ideas that pop up?

Sometimes. It depends where I am and what I’m doing. If I have an idea but don’t have a notepad with me, I’ll pull out my phone and record a brief audiofile, just so I don’t forget it.

– Which genre do you not like at all?

I listen to extreme metal, write horror stories and love getting tattooed, so naturally I’d have to say romance. Now, just to clarify, I don’t have any disrespect for the romance genre, and I certainly don’t look down my nose at it. Writing a good romantic novel takes no less skill and craftsmanship than writing a good book in any other genre. It’s just not for me, that’s all.

– If you had the chance to co-write a book. Whom would it be with?

The obvious answer here would be Stephen King. After all, he is the master of the modern horror novel.

But…

I really do believe that it’s good to mix things up a bit, so I’m going to say Zadie Smith. I think she’s a phenomenal writer. In this game, one often hears talk of “the voice”. Well, Zadie Smith has got “groove”. There’s an almost effortless fluidity to her prose which I find irresistible as a reader. When I pick up one of her books my eyes just slip over the words.

I think I could learn a great deal from her.

– If you should travel to a foreign country to do research, which one would you chose and why?

I am a MASSIVE fan of Norwegian Black Metal, so there’s your answer. I would like to set one of my aforementioned fantasy novels in ancient Norway. There’s something otherworldly about the landscape, and Norse mythology is so rich and inspiring. It lends itself very naturally to the fantasy genre, I think. And besides, I do love a bit of snow and ice, and we never get much of it where I live by the sea!

Thank you, Richard E Rock and Rachel’s Random Resources

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About the Author 

By day, Richard E. Rock works as a commercial scriptwriter for radio and contributes ideas to Viz Comic. But by night…he writes horror.

He was inspired to do this after experiencing a series of particularly ferocious nightmares. After waking up and realising he could turn these into utterly horrible stories, he started deliberately inducing them.

Based in Wales, he lives with his girlfriend and their cat. If you’re looking for him, you’ll probably find him wedged up against the barrier at a heavy metal gig, for that is his natural habitat.

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Author  Links 

Twitter: @richarderock1

                                        Instagram: Richard-e-rock

                                        Facebook: Richard E. Rock – horror writer

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Book Links

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Deep-Level-Richard-Rock-ebook/dp/B08FJ7LY11

US  – https://www.amazon.com/Deep-Level-Richard-Rock-ebook/dp/B08FJ7LY11

The Greek Heart by Kate Frost / #SpotlightPost #BlogTour @rararesources @katefrostauthor

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A broken heart, an island escape, a boy from the past. Will Lottie’s search lead to love?

When a special anniversary takes Lottie on a journey to find the little boy she once knew, it’s a chance to put heartache behind her.

Lottie’s search takes her to Greece and a family who have known about her for decades. A warm welcome gives her some much-needed time out and the chance to reflect. Yet an emotional revelation and two handsome but complicated brothers make her question her past decisions. 

Learning to love herself and be content on her own is the first step. But will Lottie be able to follow her heart and find lasting happiness?

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Spotlight Post

Thank you, Kate Frost and Rachel’s Random Resources.

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About the author 

Kate Frost is the author of character-driven women’s fiction (The Butterfly Storm series and Beneath the Apple Blossom), romantic escape novels (The Baobab Beach Retreat, A Starlit Summer, The Greek Heart and The Amsterdam Affair), and Time Shifters, a time travel adventure trilogy for children. She has a MA in Creative Writing from Bath Spa University, where she also taught lifewriting to creative writing undergraduates.

Kate lives in Bristol with her husband, young son, and their Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Frodo. She feels very lucky to spend her days writing, but when she’s not working on a novel, she’s the Director of Storytale Festival, a new city-wide children’s book festival that she co-founded in Bristol in 2019 with the ethos of making books accessible to all and encouraging children and teens to read, write and be creative. 

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Author Links

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/katefrostauthor/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/katefrostauthor

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/katefrostauthor/

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVhcSLhVZrTwDq9OteyFmHA

Website: http://kate-frost.co.uk/

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Book Link

https://getbook.at/thegreekheart

Be Mine Forever by D.K. Hood / #Review #BooksOnTour @bookouture @DKHood_Author

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Detectives Kane and Alton #11

Gray clouds gather overhead as she runs along the dark road. Not a soul is out in the storm, or so she thinks. As the vehicle pulls up alongside her, she sees a familiar face behind the wheel and thinks she’s safe. Little does she know, she has just put herself in unthinkable danger…

When local cheerleader, Laurie Turner, goes missing after practice and her bright red pick-up truck is found abandoned by the side of a quiet road, Detective Jenna Alton fears the worst.

Visiting Laurie’s family house, Jenna senses that the teenager’s home life isn’t as perfect as her father would have people believe. Quick to temper and full of hatred towards Laurie’s mother, Dr Turner doesn’t seem to know the first thing about his own daughter, let alone how long she’s been missing for.

With the clock ticking, the whole town takes to the streets to find the missing girl and, after a frantic search, a terrible discovery is made at the bottom of an old mine shaft on the outskirts of town. Laurie’s pale body is totally still and Jenna is sure somebody in the local community is her killer.

When another cheerleader goes missing, Jenna thinks that someone close to the school is picking the teenagers off one by one. As she talks to the other students, it becomes clear that there are plenty of people who’d like to silence the girls forever.

Then her own deputy David Kane comes face to face with the murderer, and Jenna has to race to save him. Can she do so before it’s too late? Or will another young life be taken?

**Each Kane and Alton book can be read as part of the series or as a standalone**

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Review

Party time over here, because book 11 in this incredible series was my next read!

The author, once again, had me captivated from the start, messed with my head and had me in tears.

Sheriff Jenna and her team have to do overtime again because they are dealing with some horrible cases. Nothing seems to add up and they have a long list of suspects to keep an eye on. There are too many so they are forced to ask help and Jo and Ty join in too.

Together they manage to find more (confusing) evidence, but they untangle the web little by little. They can remove names from their list and expose the baddies. Baddies who thought they were more clever and indeed they succeeded to fool the police for a while. Don’t mess with the team though, because they will search until they find them and put them where you belong: behind bars.

Black Rock Falls seems like a nice place to live. Unfortunately some crazy killers have the same idea. I guess I will not start packing yet. 😉

I hope the author has a lot of inspiration left to keep this series going for a very long time. Impossible for me to give less than 5 stars.

Thank you, D.K. Hood and Bookouture

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About the author

I’ve always had a wicked sense of humour and was the kid who told the ghost stories around the campfire. I am lucky to have family all over the world and have spent many vacations in places from Paris France to Montana USA and Australia. I use the wonderful memories from these visits to enhance my stories.
My interest in the development of forensic science to solve crime goes back many years. I enjoy writing crime, mystery and thrillers. With many stories, waiting for me to write I’ll look forward to sharing many spine-tingling stories with you.

D.K. Hood is an active member of International Thriller Writers.

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Author Links

Website: www.dkhood.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/dkhoodauthor/

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/DKHood_Author

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Book Links

Amazon: https://geni.us/B08PZFYS6RCover

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The Art of Hybrid Timber Framing by Bert Sarkkinen / #SpotlightPost #ReleaseBlitz @RABTBookTours

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Hybrid Timber Framing has experienced a massive resurgence in modern architecture. The potential for gorgeous personalized design is unmatched. Hybrid Timber Framing done wrong, however, can create ugly imbalance and detract from the overall look and feel. Done right, it goes so far beyond the initial investment, the value is hard to overstate.

The Art of Hybrid Timber Framing explores the link between traditional craftsmanship, with current building styles such as “Craftsman”, “Rustic”, “Modern” and beyond. It is a must-read for Owners, Designers, and Builders who want to influence the look and feel of their project using exposed beam construction. It is rich with ideas, imagery, and instruction to jump start your inspiration and planning.

Naturally, timbers and exposed beams have outsized impact on the aesthetics of building projects. Adding timbers without weighing the structural and aesthetic impacts can magnify any awkward imbalances; proceeding without addressing these important considerations is very risky.

While this is not a technical manual, you will learn how to avoid expensive pitfalls and understand the diverse timber styles showcased in this book. This will help you better communicate your ideas, achieve an enjoyable building process, and maximize your probabilities of getting the right look using hybrid timber framing. This guide will help you plan and build it right the first time!

You will Discover:

  • How to achieve optimized beauty by first defining ugly
  • Where to draw the line with hybrid timber framing
  • Seven chapters portraying diverse and unique timber styles
  • How to avoid the over simplified “Hail Mary” approach
  • How to accurately predict the cost of hybrid timber framing

Learn from a Master of Hybrid Timber Framing. There is absolutely no need to repeat needless mistakes. Bert Sarkkinen, the author, has explored timber framing from the perspective as a builder, a designer and a researcher. His specialty has been in matching clients’ personalities and tastes, to the ideal timber frame designs to accentuate what is unique about the clients project or theme. The book delves into these relationships between design preferences, and actual Hybrid Timber Frame applications. Structural aspects, timber sizing, the golden ratio, and design/build processes are necessary for a successful the outcome. This book is highly informative, with beautiful photography, and is like a coach in your pocket a with personal touch!

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Thank you, Bert Sarkkinen and RABT Book Tours

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About the Author

When Bert Sarkkinen was 16, he quit his job as a farm hand and went to work for his father as a framing apprentice. This golden opportunity gave him the foundation to become a trailblazer in the hybrid timber framing industry. 

Fascinated with the way people tick, Sarkkinen discovered that he could match people to the right timber framing options by understanding their personalities. Ultimately, when their wants and needs are properly analyzed, it results in a personalized Timber Framing experience that exceeds expectations. 

He understands nuances in personality types, such as thinkers tend to go for function before form. The way people talk, the vernacular they use, can say a lot about their real tastes.  

Through a “Trial By Fire” Bert Sarkkinen built his team and dialed in the best people to take the vision of his company to the next level. As the company gained more traction, and employees took more ownership, Bert became a visionary and a leader, teaching the craft of timber framing to others as well as instilling in them years of expertise as an ally to help them succeed. 

Today, Bert Sarkkinen is not only the founder of Arrow Timber, he is also the author of The Art of Hybrid Timber Framing, releasing as a second edition, January, 2021. The book is a guide for people who want to explore Timber Framing, and for those who enjoy the unique aesthetics it offers architecture and homebuilding. It is a look into the amazing world of Timber Framing and it makes for a beautiful coffee table book. 

Bert can discuss: 

  • How Timber Framing can be personalized art
  • How one can discover unknown aspects of their personality by their preferences in style and design – the quiz he created for potential clients
  • What is personalized art? What happens when it is done right? When it is done wrong?
  • What do you mean when you suggest people should focus on outward things and not on inward things?
  • Why is it important for people to value their gifts? What words of wisdom can you share about not “downplaying” ones’ self?
  • Why do you recommend people to always break a sweat before taking a shower?
  • What are daddy long legs?
  • Advice to future business leaders about tenacity and perseverance. 
  • What are the four levels of “ugly” and how does this tie into being happy?

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Author Links

Website: http://www.bertsarkkinen.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ArrowTimberFraming/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/arrowtimber/

Blog: https://bertsarkkinen.com/?blog=y

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Book Link

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Art-Hybrid-Timber-Framing-2nd-ebook/dp/B08P5JWGZ1/

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Folk Songs for Trauma Surgeons: Stories by Keith Rosson / #Interview #BlogTour @meerkatpress @Keith_Rosson

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With the Folk Songs for Trauma Surgeons, award-winning author Keith Rosson delves into notions of family, grief, identity, indebtedness, loss, and hope, with the surefooted merging of literary fiction and magical realism he’s explored in previous novels. In “Dunsmuir,” a newly sober husband buys a hearse to help his wife spread her sister’s ashes, while “The Lesser Horsemen” illustrates what happens when God instructs the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse to go on a team-building cruise as a way of boosting their frayed morale. In “Brad Benske and the Hand of Light,” an estranged husband seeks his wife’s whereabouts through a fortuneteller after she absconds with a cult, and in “High Tide,” a grieving man ruminates on his brother’s life as a monster terrorizes their coastal town. With grace, imagination, and a brazen gallows humor, Folk Songs for Trauma Surgeons merges the fantastic and the everyday, and includes a number of Rosson’s unpublished stories, as well as award-winning favorites.

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1. When and where do you prefer to write?

My wife and I have kids now, and with safety measures with COVID and all of that, time alone is a treasure these days. I usually manage maybe two hours before the kids wake up; it’s become harder to keep the thread and momentum going, writing-wise, but hopefully that’ll change once we have a more reliable schedule and I’m able to focus on writing for more extended amounts of time.

2. Do you have a certain ritual?

I mean, a cup of coffee and some kind of music and I’m good to go. I’ve been listening to Randy Weston’s African Cookbook, Dave Hause’s Bury Me In Philly, and The Ghosts of Highway 20 by Lucinda Williams. If a story isn’t working, I’ll sit down with a notebook and try it that way for a morning; a lot of times it kickstarts something that was otherwise stuck.

3. Is there a drink of something to nibble on while you write?

Yep, as I mentioned, if I don’t have a cup of coffee nearby, it feels like something’s missing.

4. What is/are your favourite book(s)?

That’s a tough one. The last few books that really resonated with me were Margaret Wappler’s Neon Green and John Jacob Horner’s A Lush and Seething Hell. Right now I’m reading And I Do Not Forgive You by Amber Sparks and Laird Hunt’s In the House in the Dark of the Woods, and they’re both fantastic for very different reasons. There is no shortage of flat-out incredible books being written today.

5. Do you consider writing a different genre or do you already do that?

I seem constitutionally incapable of writing in a single genre. All of my work is a mashup of some sort – literary fiction and… something else. Cosmic horror, body horror, crime, whatever. If I could write in a single genre, it’d be such a relief, but I just can’t seem to do it. I need both intricate backstories and emotional upheaval and ghosts or werewolves or robots or whatever.

6. Do you sometimes base your characters on people you know?

I think little blips and bleeps of people creep in here and there. But I feel a lot more comfortable mining my own personal shortcomings or strengths for fiction than I do other folks, you know?

7. Do you take a (digital) notebook everywhere in order to write down ideas that pop up?

Me too tired for such tomfoolery. Me primary parent for two toddlers. Me lucky to be able to hold spit in my mouth most days. Me admit to have probably lost out on a lot of cool ideas due to this.

8. Which genre(s) do you not like at all?

I don’t want to dogpile on any genre, honestly. There’s stuff that I don’t like to read, personally, but other folks love it, so it’s all great. This is a big tent we have. I will say that there are tropes that I am exhausted by – the whole “assaulted or murdered woman existing solely as revenge catalyst for male main character” in crime (and other fiction) can take a leap into the sun as far as I’m concerned.

9. If you had the chance to co-write a book. Whom would it be with?

Mmmm, probably Ron Austin, who wrote the wonderful collection Avery Colt is a Snake, a Thief, a Liar, which won the Nilsen Prize. Dude is such a great writer, and he and I have a lot of the same sensibilities and influences. Working on something with him would be cool.

10. If you should travel to a foreign country to do research, which one would you chose and why?

That’s a solid question. My previous novel Road Seven takes place in a small, fictionalized country off the coast of Iceland. I had to do a lot of research regarding the area, and it’s obvious that actually being able to go there would have helped that aspect tremendously. Right now, though, I have no plans to do any writing that’s set outside of the country. Though I certainly wouldn’t mind being to travel back in time to, say, the Stanford Research Institute in the 1970s, when military-backed remote viewing programs were being run by the CIA. Stuff like that – again, such a niche thing, a particular and genre-focused thing – is endlessly fascinating to me.

Thank you, Keith Rosson and Meerkat Press

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About the author

Keith Rosson is the author of the novels The Mercy of the Tide (2017, Meerkat Press) and Smoke City (2018, Meerkat Press). His short fiction has appeared in Cream City Review, PANK, Redivider, December, and more. He is an advocate of both public libraries and non-ironic adulation of the cassette tape.

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Author Link

keithrosson.com

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Book Links

Meerkat Press | Amazon Barnes & Noble

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Ultimatum by John Andersen / #CoverReveal #BlogTour @LoveBooksGroup @CayellePub

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When alien delegate Charlie was sent down to Earth, he never imagined the humans would comply with his demands. He wanted to give humanity a chance to eradicate all the wrong in the world by eliminating discrimination, hate, greed, immorality, and envy. The only way he believed they would comply was to threaten their entire existence by an alien invasion takeover. He would give them 10 years to right all the wrongs and to unify with one another. Even the President of the United States expressed extreme displeasure about the demand. However, stricken with fear, even though the humans didn’t want to bend to the threat, they knew there was not much of a choice. Ten years pass…

Did the humans come together to force out the aliens or did the aliens return seeing not much had changed since giving the Ultimatum? Will destruction fall upon Earth obliterating human civilization? 

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Cover Reveal

Thank you, John Anderson and Love Books Group

Just One More Thing by Dom Haslam / #SpotlightPost #BlogBlitz @LoveBooksGroup @DomHaslam

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She knew any journey to recovery would take months, even years, if ever, but seeing him grovelling for mercy brought to mind not just the failure of this one man, but all the weaknesses of mankind. ‘No one is beyond forgiveness,’ she said.

The partner we no longer trust, the boss we fear, the family member we cannot tolerate. Stories exploring the psychological effect of modern life: a pregnant mother becomes convinced her husband is having an affair and will stop at nothing to get to the truth; a married man is drawn inexorably towards temptation, despite knowing it could cost him his family; a quiet man absorbs increasing pressure and stress, with devastating consequences.

Ordinary people count the cost of ‘just one more thing’.

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Spotlight Post

Thank you, Dom Haslam and Love Books Group

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About the Author

In between his day job, bringing up three children, being run off his feet by a crazy cocker spaniel, listening to Mozart’s D minor piano concerto, perfecting the art of homemade pizzas and studying Ordnance Survey maps of the Yorkshire Moors, Dom likes to write.

Dom lives in the fantastic town of Ilkley in Yorkshire, having arrived there via Bedford, Nottingham and London.

Dom has written two books, So Long, Marianne, a romantic fiction, and Just One More Thing, a book of short stories about greed, obsession and fear.

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Author Link

domhaslambooks.com

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Book Link

Amazon: https://amzn.to/2Zj7gfr

Chasing Petalouthes by Effie Kammenou / #Extract #BlogTour @LoveBooksGroup @EffieKammenou

 

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The Gift Saga Book 3

Evvie has lived through more tragedy than a young girl should ever endure, having lost both her father and a most beloved grandmother at a young age. Her rebellious ways are her only defense to mask the ever-present pain in her heart. Closing herself off emotionally, Evvie vows to never let anyone into her heart. But will her determination to keep everyone out see her lose the only person who could heal her broken soul?

Over-achieving, focused, talented, determined to succeed. Those are the traits Stella envies in her siblings and cousins. Her insecurities and lack of confidence stunts her ability to realize her own worth. When an older, handsome young man claims her as his own, Stella believes she has finally found who she has been looking for—someone to love her enough to mold her into the best version of herself. But has she fallen in love too quickly for a man she barely knows anything about?

Chasing Petalouthes (Chasing Butterflies) is the coming of age story of two flawed, young women who push their way out from the confines of the cocoons they’d built around themselves and discover how to soar.

Chasing Petalouthes can be read as a standalone novel. To understand the full emotional impact of these characters histories and lives read Evanthia’s Gift & waiting for Aegina.

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Extract

Chapter 1

Aegina

July 2005

Twilight cast an incandescent glow over the Saronic Gulf, as the sun slowly began to peak over the horizon. The reflection of porch lights from homes surrounding the shoreline glimmered like stardust on the water. In less than an hour, the sun would assume its full magisterial position and, as though gifted from the Gods themselves, another day would dawn on this enchanting island.

Two by two, a contemplative assembly of young adults leisurely walked along the momentarily vacant main road to Aegina Town. Once daylight broke and the ferryboats pulled into the harbor, the streets would be cluttered with tourists, and it was for this very reason they’d set off at the early hours of the morning. For what they were about to do required solemnity—privacy—a place to pay tribute and share deeply personal remembrances.

Evvie had left a note for her mother on the kitchen table before exiting her great-grandmother’s beach house with the rest of the group. She rolled her eyes thinking of how her mother, Sophia, seemed to have the need to know where she was every minute of the day. She and her twin brother, Nicky, were nineteen years old and, in Evvie’s mind, their mother sometimes treated them as though they were nine-year-olds.

It was the last few days of the ‘extended family’ vacation Evvie’s stepfather, Dean, had arranged for the entire family and Sophia’s closest friends to spend some much-needed bonding time together. The past year had been a difficult one. Dean had almost lost his life in a car accident, and Sophia’s friend, Amy, had been in jeopardy of losing her career and family. But it was RJ and Donna who had suffered the most dreadful tragedy of all. Donna had lost her younger son, and RJ, his only sibling. But RJ was not alone, Evvie thought. They were all brothers and sisters of the heart. After all, they were the children of the ‘Honey Hill Girls,’ and those girls—women—were now fifty years old and still the best of friends.

Thank you, Effie Kammenou and Love Books Group

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About the author

Effie Kammenou is a first generation Greek-American who lives on Long Island with her husband and two daughters. When she’s not writing, or posting recipes on her food blog, cheffieskitchen.wordpress.com, you can find her cooking for her family and friends. Her debut novel, EVANTHIA’S GIFT, is a women’s fiction multigenerational love story and family saga, influenced by her Greek heritage, and the many real life accounts that have been passed down. She continues to pick her father’s brain for stories of his family’s life in Lesvos, Greece, and their journey to America. Her recent interview with him was published in a nationally circulated magazine. As an avid cook and baker, a skill she learned from watching her Athenian mother, she incorporated traditional Greek family recipes throughout the book. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theater Arts from Hofstra University

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Book Link

Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Chasing-Petalouthes-3-Gift-Saga/dp/0692120599/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=chasing+petalouthes&qid=1610461396&s=books&sr=1-1